PSF Conference Title Game Pickem

So here we are, the final four of our pickem remain. Here they are.
Eric Jensen (2): The two seed hailing from Utah. Over confident, but never out done. A glorious set of hair and a constant punching bag of the great Donny of Donny brah gaming.
Kyle Richardson (4): The man who simply put, takes himself to seriously. Though we all know deep down his favorite number is 69. Let it out Kyle, accept it.
Ian Cusick (3): The New Englander often off in dreamland. Constantly waiting for his next super bowl. A privileged snob of Marthas vineyard who deserves to lose.
Patrick Norton (5): The golden voice of Kansas, nuff said.

To the picks
First those of the Fallen
Chris Chastain 1
Patriots 22, Jaguars 17
Vikings 30, Eagles 20
Tristan Beckmann 2
Patriots 37, Jaguars 23.
Vikings 26, Eagles 24
Brian 6
Jaguars 24 , Patriots 20
Vikings 27 , Eagles 24
Alright now, to the competition.
Eric vs Kyle
Jaguars at Patriots
Eric: Jaguars 24 Patriots 21 Kyle: Patriots 24 Jaguars 17
Vikings at Eagles
Eric: Vikings 33 Eagles 28 Kyle: Vikings 10 Eagles 7
Ian vs Patrick
Jaguars at Patriots
Ian: Patriots 27 Jaguars 23 Patrick: Jaguars 33, Patriots 22
Vikings at Eagles
Ian: Vikings 31 Eagles 28 Patrick: Eagles 17, Vikings 12



Jaguars at Patriots
Man, that Jaguar defense is unstoppable… yet they allowed 42 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Maybe we’ve been wrong about the Jaguars offense all along. Leonard Fournette proved himself to be an elite performer when he dashed into the end zone THREE times last Sunday. Bortles managed the offense well and used his legs to extend drives once again. Don’t get me wrong, the Patriots are the Patriots and they’ve got the advantage of experience, but if a pass rush from Jacksonville can sustain heavy pressure on Tom Brady throughout the game, watch for the Jaguars to shock the world on Sunday.



The Brady-Bortles Bowl is here and I’m loving it. You’ve got the NFL’s best offense against the NFL’s best defense. Tom Brady is playing lights-out at age 40, and his offensive weapons like Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, and the evershifty Dion Lewis have been playing great football all season. Defensively, despite being ranked #29 overall, the team is averaging only 18.5 points allowed per game, 5th in the league. It’s never easy to bet against Tom Brady at home in the playoffs, but if there’s any team that’ll put up a fight against the Patriots, it’d be the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL’s best defense has made a name for itself with elite players all over the defense, such as A.J. Bouye, Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, Telvin Smith, and Paul Posluzny. Offensively, Leonard Fournette made a name for himself as he carried his way into being a top Runningback this season. Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee make up a decent WR core for a much improved Blake Bortles to throw to. This Jaguars team is extremely dangerous and isn’t a pushover team by any means.

Realistically, I would value the experience TB12 has over the aggressive defense Jacksonville brings. It’s hard to bet against the Patriots at home in the playoffs, and as long as Brady is leading the team, I see no reason to not think so.

New England 27, Jacksonville 23

Jaguars @ Patriots
Want to know a secret? The Jaguars are going to beat the Patriots this weekend. Here’s why:
Tom Brady struggles against a defense with a good pass rush. Last year in their AFC Championship loss to the Broncos, the Patriots allowed Brady to get hit 23 times. Four of those times resulted in sacks. With Calais Campbell being the unstoppable force that he has been all season long for the Jaguars, putting pressure on Brady won’t be a problem.
Something else the Jaguars will be able to use to their advantage is the run game. Although much improved from the start of the season, New England ranks 20th in rushing yards allowed. If a battering ram like Fournette can get atleast 24 carries this defense will breakdown up front.
I truly believe the Jags will win this game. They will need to deploy “old school” tactics much like they did against the Bills during the regular season. Run the ball and control the time of possession. Keep the ball out of the opposing offenses hands.
Jaguars 24 , Patriots 20

Who would have expected this? A Jaguars team led by a dominant defense and great running game against the empire that is the Patriots for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. While people laugh at the notion of Blake Bortles beating Tom Brady they forget football is a team game. Bortles and Brady don’t step onto the field at the same time. No the Patriots will go up against one of the best defenses we have seen in the past ten years in the NFL. They have the recipe to beat the Patriots, two shut down corners in Aj Bouye and Jalen Ramsey and a terrifying pass rush lead by Calais Campbell (my pick for DPOY) and Malik Jackson, a man part of the Broncos defense that terrorized Brady on their way to the Super Bowl. While the general football public will tell you you’re a fool if you pick the Jaguars turns out you aren’t. Look at this team compared to the Broncos who beat a banged-up Patriots team who did they have at QB? A Peyton Manning who could barely throw the ball 10 yards, essentially the equivalent to Blake Bortles I would argue Bortles right now is better than last season Manning. The recipe is to beating Brady is to sack him and with the word on the street being that the Pats will be without their backup RT and playing with a third stringer. As far as Bortles goes I’m putting my faith in him, and the fact the Patriots defense is just as bad as the Steelers. Will I regret this pick? Probably, but what fun is life without risk?
Jaguars 24 Patriots 17

Vikings at Eagles
This will be a defensive battle. If the game were at Minnesota, I would say they win this easily. Being that it is in Philly, I see a very close game. A game that is decided by only a field goal. Minnesota will win this one in the fourth after we watch both defenses knock each other around and fluster the opposing quarterbacks. For as good as Case Keenum has been this year, he has struggled throwing under pressure. Kudos to Nick Foles for helping the Eagles limp into the playoffs and doing everything that was needed to get the win last week, but the road ends here. Minnesota plays for a Super Bowl in their own stadium after another dramatic ending, but this time with a field goal.
Minnesota 10 Eagles 7

Vikings at Eagles
Yeah sorry Philly, but after what just happened last week you’re not going to beat the Vikings. When you win a game of that magnitude, in that fashion, the result is a mental boost unlike any other. The Vikings are going to ride that high straight to the Superbowl.
Now, you can look at things like how the Eagles defense gas only allowed an average of 17 points per game. You can hit me with stats like “the Eagles offense leads the league on time of possession.” Great. IT’S NOT GOING TO MATTER. Case Keenum is a man on a mission. He has his teammates believing in each other and themselves. This is truly something to behold right now and I don’t see the Eagles stopping them.
Vikings 27 , Eagles 24

Keenum 2



Why in the world would you count out the Eagles? That is my question to you. Nick Foles? Doug Pederson put a game plan together last week that made him look like a genius. Other than Nick Foles, where is the weakness in this team? They have a killer wide receiving core Jay Ajayi dominated last week and LeGarrette Blount showed his playoff brilliance. Look at a dominant defense perhaps only outclassed by the one on the other side of the field in the Vikings. On the other side of the ball you have the Vikings coming off one of the greatest playoff victories in history. If you don’t respect Case Keenum by now, then you obviously don’t watch football. Yes, some of his throws look like interceptions waiting to happen but then they drop right into the bread basket and that is Keenum’s signature throw. The key for the Eagles to win this game is to tire out the Vikings defense who rotate the least of any defense in the league. If the Eagles can hit Case Keenum they give themselves a better chance to win this game, that isn’t impossible. The Saints late in the game found ways to get to Keenum even though the Vikings line has been one of the best in the league this year. For the Vikings the key on offense will be the run game. Tevin Coleman tore apart the Philadelphia defense early in the divisional round on the ground. By no means am I counting out Philly, but Minnesota was my Super Bowl pick, I’m not picking against them. In another game with late fireworks Vikings win.
Vikings 33-28


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